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To evacuate or not: An empirical analysis on the effectiveness of the Malaysian NSC'S directive 20 in flood disaster management

Soon, Jan Jan and Kamaruddin, Roslina and Anuar, Abdul Rahim (2016) To evacuate or not: An empirical analysis on the effectiveness of the Malaysian NSC'S directive 20 in flood disaster management. In: 8th International Management and Accounting Conference (IMAC8), 28th – 29th September 2016, Adya Hotel, Langkawi Island, Malaysia.

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Using a unique data set collected from victims of the now infamous 2014 massive flood in two east coast states of Malaysia, this paper tests several hypotheses concerning flood victims’ evacuation decision.Such evacuation decision can be regarded as a reflection of the effectiveness of the Malaysian NSC’s Directive 20.It is a directive on the policy and mechanism of the integrated disaster management system involving pre-disaster, during disaster, and post-disaster management. Preparedness is one aspect of pre-disaster management, which involves implementations of an early warning system, awareness programmes, and information dissemination such as where the evacuation centre would be located in the event of a flood, for example. Apart from a handful of reviews and conceptual studies on the Directive 20, there are yet to be any empirical studies the effectiveness of the directive, where preparedness is one aspect of itseffectiveness.One important aspect of preparedness is whether or not there are any periodic disaster management awareness programmes being held at the community level.Our results however show that such programmes are not significantly associated with evacuation decisions.This finding implies that such awareness programmes to be seemingly inconsequential as part of the government’s effort in educating the community to evacuate to safer grounds in the event of large-scale disaster.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: ISBN: 978-983-3198-96-2 Organized by: Faculty of Economics and Management, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Uncontrolled Keywords: evacuate, Directive 20, flood, disaster management, Malaysian National Security Council
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
Divisions: School of Economics, Finance & Banking
Depositing User: Dr. Jan Jan Soon
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2016 04:19
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 04:19
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/19537

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